Funding For Collaborative Projects Between Europe and Canada

Canada Council for the Arts has posted the following information about a funding opportunity from the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture.
Note: This is not a Canada Council program, however, they are pleased to provide the following information about the EU Culture Programme and how you can access it.

About the Programme

The EU Culture Programme is a fund set up and managed by the European Commission. It funds projects and initiatives that develop cross-border collaboration between cultural operators and organizations in at least three European countries. Each year, the program also offers funding for projects linking European countries to one or more countries outside of Europe (referred to as “third countries”). In 2013, the Programme has identified Canada or Australia as the “third countries.”

Key features:

  • Applications must come from a consortium of organizations from at least three European countries, plus one or more from Canada;
  • Any type of organization can be a partner – small or large companies, co-operatives, charities, businesses, universities, municipalities, government departments, etc.;
  • Almost any type of arts and culture project is eligible, but the program excludes projects that are solely focused on the media or audiovisual sectors, or focused solely on translation;
  • Grants of up to €200,000 may be awarded for projects lasting up to two years. This amount can be no more than 50% of the total project budget;
  • At least 50% of the project activities must happen in the “third country” (i.e. Canada).

Deadline for submissions: May 2013

Canada Council will post more information and resource links on its website as available. Please check back periodically for updates.

Web links to help you access the Programme

Cultural Contact Points (CCPs) in Europe
This links to a full list of the CCPs in 35 of the 37 eligible countries in Europe. A CCP is an organization designated by the European Commission to provide information about the program and to stimulate collaborations between organizations in their country and partners in other countries.

Culture Fund
This website by Visiting Arts, London (the UK CCP), contains detailed information on the EU Culture Programme. Specifically, the resources below will help you learn how to access the programme. For more information, contact Christoph Jankowski.

This private website offers a service, Connexions, to help link you up with other organizations looking for partners. Paid membership is required to access the service.

Canada Council information seminars

In January and February 2012, the Canada Council’s Audience and Market Development Office hosted a number of seminars in Canada to provide:

  • general information on EU funding for arts and culture
  • specific information about the Culture Programme and funding for “third country” partnerships
  • tips on how to find and collaborate with European organizations

The seminars were presented by Geoffrey Brown, the director of EUCLID and a UK-based consultant who specializes in sharing European and international information. He oversees the website and the membership of Connexus.

Listen to the online seminar (length: 2 hours)
Download a slide presentation from the seminars [PDF]


Canada Council are interested in learning if you are planning to access this fund, and ask you to email to let them know if this information has been useful, and what else they can do to help:

Audience and Market Development Office 
Canada Council for the Arts 
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047 
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8 
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5272 
TTY: 1-866-585-5559

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